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On this page you can find announcements about publication dates and updates about our work.

Delay to publication of the Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2016 Workforce Data

02 Aug 2017


It was intended to publish the 2016 Workforce data report on 31/8/17. However, the publication date will now be in September due to the identification of significant discrepancies between some returns received in 2015 and those received in 2016 from the same services.

We will provide an update on this issue no later than 31/8/17 and publish the workforce report as soon as possible.

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Publication of report on SVQs in the Scottish Social Service Sector 2015/16

28 Apr 2017

We are pleased to announce the publication of the latest annual report on Scottish Vocational Qualifications provision in Scotland, produced regularly for the purposes of workforce planning. This new report is shaped by financial year as opposed to calendar year and provides SVQ provision data separately for the Adults and Children and Young People frameworks as well as the proportion of SVQ activity made up by Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) in Scotland.

The report can be downloaded here.

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Publication of 2015 Children's Services Workforce Report

27 Mar 2017

We are pleased to announce the publication of The Children’s Services Workforce 2015 (available here). This report looks at the workforce in children’s services in Scotland broken by sub-sector, and focuses in detail on the three sub-sectors which can be split further (day care of children, residential child care, and school care accommodation). It supplements data already published in the Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2015 Workforce Data.

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Publication of all MHO time series data

31 Jan 2017

We are pleased to announce that MHO workforce data tables and charts have been published for the full period for which this data is available (click here):

  • MHO numbers, full contracted Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) and WTE per 100k population: 2005 - 2015
  • Age and gender of the MHO workforce: 2007 - 2015
  • Ethnicity of the MHO workforce: 2008 - 2015
  • MHO trainees: 2008/09 - 2015/16
  • MHO leavers: 2009 - 2015
  • MHO vacancies & shortfalls: 2006 - 2015
  • MHOs by type of Specialist Team: 2005 - 2015
  • MHOs in Mental Health Teams: 2005 - 2015
  • MHOs in Non-Mental Health Teams: 2005 - 2015
  • Exclusive MHO positions: 2006 - 2015
  • MHO work: 2005 - 2015
  • MHO numbers, full contracted Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) and WTE per 100k population by local authority: 2006 - 2015

This constitutes all the data on the MHO workforce collected by the Scottish Government from 2005 to March 2012, and subsequently by the SSSC from December 2012 to date.

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Publication of Staff Retention in the Scottish Social Service Sector 2015

27 Jan 2017

We are pleased to announce the publication of a report on Staff Retention in the Scottish Social Service Sector. This report builds on the Experimental Statistics report published by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) on staff retention in March 2016 (available here).

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Publication of Whole Time Equivalent data for the Scottish Social Service Workforce 2015

27 Jan 2017

We are pleased to announce the publication of a report on the Whole Time Equivalent data for the Scottish Social Service Workforce 2015. This report builds on the Experimental Statistics report published by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) on whole time equivalents (WTEs) in March 2016 (available here).

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